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Hexalogy

For hexology, the study of hex signs, see Hex sign.

A hexalogy is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six (numerical prefix hexa-) distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert's Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey.[1] (He planned two tetralogies, but the third and fourth operas of the eight were never written.) Both pentalogie and hexalogie were used by Théophile Gautier in 1859.[2] In 1923 the word was applied by an American reviewer to Johannes V. Jensen's The Long Journey.[3]

Examples

Examples of works which have been described as hexalogies are:


Hexalogy Dates Author Medium
Der Biberpelz and Der roter Hahn[4] 1893 – 1901 Gerhart Hauptmann two three-act plays
The Long Journey[3] 1908 – 1922 Johannes V. Jensen novels
Aus dem bürgerlichen Heldenleben[5] 1911 – 1922 Carl Sternheim plays
The Four Winds of Love[6] 1937 – 1945 Compton Mackenzie novels
Fortunes of War[7] 1960 – 1980 Olivia Manning novels

References

de:Mehrteiler#Sechsteiler (Hexalogie)
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